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Professor to address American war on Tuesday


Brian McAllister Linn will present, "The American Way of War: Creating a Vision of Conflict," at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Baker University Center 231. The talk is sponsored by the Ohio University Contemporary History Institute.

Linn is a professor of history at Texas A&M University. He grew up in Hawaii and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University.

He has served as a visiting professor at the U.S. Army Center of Military History, the U.S. Army War College, and also spent a semester at the National University in Singapore as a Fulbright Scholar. He has served on the Department of the Army Historical Advisory Committee and has given invited lectures in Australia, Canada, England, France, New Zealand, Scotland, and Sweden.

He currently is working two projects:

  • "Elvis' Army and the Cold War, 1946-1976," explores the United States' experience with a draftee military force.

  • "Recovering From War," studies the impact of six major conflicts upon the U.S. armed forces.


Overall, Linn has written four books:

  • His most recent book, "The Echo of Battle: The Army's Way of War" (2007) has been described in a review as "the best and practically only book to explore the 'intellectual underpinnings' of a service branch." In this book, Linn examines the competing philosophies between planning for war and the way a war would be fought. He completed the research and writing for this book with assistance from a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship.

  • "The U.S. Army and Counterinsurgency in the Philippine War 1899-1902" (1989) was a path-breaking work in the study of the American experience with irregular warfare.

  • "Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940" (1997) won the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Prize, an Army Historical Foundation Book Award, and was selected a Choice Outstanding Book.

  • "The Philippine War, 1899-1902" (2000) won the Society for Military History Distinguished Book Prize. It also was a History Book Club Selection, a selection on both the U.S. Army Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List and the U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff's Professional Reading List.